Texas A&M to Name New Provost and Executive Vice President

MICHAEL K. YOUNG
PRESIDENT

June 19, 2017

Sent on behalf of President Michael K. Young and Provost Karan L. Watson

We are pleased to announce, based on the recommendation of the search advisory committee, feedback from faculty and staff who participated in the search process and personal evaluation, Dr. Carol A. Fierke, a noted scholar and academic leader from the University of Michigan, has been recommended to the Board of Regents to be named provost and executive vice president at Texas A&M University.  The Board will meet in a telephonic meeting later today to discuss this recommendation and other items. 

Dr. Fierke emerged as the top candidate following an international search, she was selected over 140 applicants and will assume her new duties on Oct. 16.

Dr. Fierke currently serves as Dean of the Rackham Graduate School and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs -- Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan.  In addition, she is holder of the Jerome and Isabella Karle Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry.  She holds this appointment in the College of Literature, Science & Arts, as well as professor of biochemistry in the Medical School. 

A world leader in her field, Fierke is recipient of numerous awards.  Her research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health, and has been funded by a number of other agencies and foundations. She has been recognized for her teaching and curricular innovations to education at the University of Michigan where her influence has been noted by undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. She has been honored for improving the campus environment for faculty and students, especially women in science.

Dr. Fierke received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Brandeis University and a bachelor of arts in chemistry from Carleton College.  She completed post-doctoral training at Pennsylvania State University and served on the faculty at Duke University before joining University of Michigan.

We want to acknowledge the outstanding service of the search advisory committee chaired by Dr. Pam Matthews, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Dr. Valen Johnson, University Distinguished Professor and Head, Department of Statistics.

A fuller announcement related to her appointment will follow action by the Board of Regents.